First Hill Streetcar Community Open House

The second First Hill Streetcar Community Open House will be on Wednesday, March 7 at the Silver Cloud Hotel from 4pm to 7pm.

Construction will begin in April on the First Hill Streetcar, which will have a major stop in Pioneer Square. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is hosting two open house meetings for the public to learn about the project and what to expect during construction, and to meet the project team.

For more information click here for the First Hill Streetcar Open House Invitation PDF.

Historic Pioneer Building Energy Efficiency Tour

Interior storm windows are being added to the Pioneer Building to make it more energy efficient.

What: Interior Storm Window Installation for Historic Buildings
When: Saturday, February 25, 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Where: Pioneer Building, 601 First Avenue, Seattle WA 98104

Register: $10 members; $15 general public; $5 students

Is it possible to save beautiful, historic windows and yet bring their thermal efficiency close to Energy Star levels of performance? Is it possible for historic preservation and energy performance to happen at the same time? The forward-thinking folks at the iconic Pioneer Building are proving that it can be done! With help from the local family business, Windovative Design LLC, they are installing interior storm windows throughout this landmark office building in the heart of Pioneer Square. The Pioneer Building demonstrates that this can be done with windows of all shapes and sizes. Join Van Calvez, MSE, LEED AP to see how historic windows can be made to provide warmth, comfort and energy savings, without replacement.

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Retail Recruitment

The Alliance is committed to actively engaging businesses and supporting economic growth in the neighborhood. One such effort includes creating a retail vision for the neighborhood and expanding the mix of unique retail tenants in existing and emerging economic clusters. Efforts are underway to interview neighborhood stakeholders and understand the existing conditions. The developed retail vision will form a merchandise mix plan with recommendations of the ideal retail mix and combination that is most suitable for Pioneer Square. Over time the retail mix will change, supporting the success of the neighborhood. The Alliance is committed to maintaining this capacity within the neighborhood.

The Alliance has contracted with nationally recognized and local consultants from Downtown Works to implement a successful retail recruitment strategy to train local people to find and recruit independent retailers to the Pioneer Square neighborhood. Margaret McCauley, the Founder and Principal of Downtown Works is an expert at creating and implementing sustainable retail strategies that turn decaying urban zones into vibrant, vital downtowns. Ms. McCauley’s method combines quantitative data, such as demo- and psycho- graphics, with rigorous qualitative observation. Throughout her career, she has drawn on the resources and perspectives of retailers, private developers, corporations, urban planners, and design professionals to help her clients successfully transform their downtowns into dynamic environments.

Let’s work together to improve and expand the retail vitality of Pioneer Square.